Alaska ICE is the Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement. We are a part of the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB), whose mission is to advocate for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing quality public education focused on student achievement, through effective local governance.
As the Youth Advocacy/Community Engagement branch of AASB, Alaska ICE complements this mission by giving Alaskans at the local level the information, tools and assistance to work together and engage in the shared responsibility for preparing Alaska’s children and youth for the future. This initiative was built upon the grassroots support for the book Helping Kids Succeed — Alaskan Style, written by and for Alaskans and based on the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets framework.
Across the state, the Alaska ICE team delivers the message of asset building and community engagement to thousands of Alaska teachers, students, school board members, parents, community members, coaches, faith community leaders and elders. Working closely with schools and school districts, partner organizations, individuals and communities, ICE staff assists in developing sustainable local community engagement efforts guided and maintained by local community members.
Watch the 5-minute Do You Know AASB? video.
The Association of Alaska School Boards is a non-profit organization representing school boards in Alaska. Its membership consists of more than 300 individual school board members responsible for students who attend Alaska’s public schools. Associate members include school superintendents, advisory school boards, the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education and the Special Education Service Agency.
In 2001, AASB received a seven-year federal grant which led to the creation of Alaska ICE. AASB realized that the only way to assure that all of our children have the skills they need to succeed is through engaging the entire community in investing in the success of their young people. Alaska ICE works to move Alaskan communities toward greater student success by building strong youth-adult relationships through intentional parent, school, and community involvement.
For more information about our “parent organization”, visit aasb.org.